Tag:Start 'em Sit 'em
Posted on: May 30, 2008 10:27 am
Edited on: May 30, 2008 10:30 am

Week 10 Start 'em and Sit 'em

Good team starts
  • Philadelphia -- 7 G, 4 at home vs. CIN
  • Texas -- 7 home games, CLE, TB
  • Oakland -- 6 home games, DET, LAA
  • Boston -- 7 G, 6 home games
  • Atlanta -- 7 home games, FLA, PHI
  • L.A. Dodgers -- 7 home games, COL, CHC
Bad team starts
  • L.A. Angels -- 6 road games, @SEA, @OAK
  • Tampa Bay -- 6 road games, @BOS, @TEX
  • Kansas City -- 6 road games, @CHW, @NYY
  • San Diego --7 g, vs. CHC, 4vs. NYM
  • Arizona -- 6 road games, @MIL, @PIT, 25th in road scoring
  • Pittsburgh -- 6 home games, HOU, ARI
  • Cincinnati -- 7 road games, PHI, FLA
  • Chicago Cubs -- 7 road games, SD, LAD
Good Player Starts
  • C Miguel Olivo, KC: Seeing most of the starts in KC, 11 RBI in May.
  • 1B Jason Giambi, NYY: Eligible at 1B and batting over .400 in the past two weeks.
  • 2B Alexi Casilla, MIN: Only Ian Kinsler and Chase Utley have more RBI at this position since May 15.
  • SS Bobby Crosby, OAK: He has 17 RBI in 30 home games this season -- and he has six home games this week.
  • 3B Evan Longoria, TB: Leads third basemen in RBI (13) since mid-May.
  • OF David Murphy, TEX: The other top AL rookie hitter is batting over .300 recently, and he has an RBI in nine of his past 13 games.
Bad Player Starts
  • C A.J. Pierzynski, CHW: After batting .300 in April, he's hitting just .250 in May, without any homers.
  • 1B Both White Sox first basemen: Nick Swisher and Paul Konerko have six RBI between them over the past couple weeks, hitting around .200 combined. Sure, Konerko homered Thursday, but it was his first since late April.
  • 2B Aaron Hill, TOR: After banging heads in a collision on Thursday, Hill is questionable for the weekend, and he has just two RBI in recent weeks anyway.
  • SS Julio Lugo, BOS: Just one stolen base since mid-May, and he's batting under .260 in that span.
  • 3B Aubrey Huff, BAL: Six road games ahead, along with Monday's start at home vs. knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
  • OF Luke Scott, BAL: The other former-Astro-turned-Oriole is dealing with Achilles', knee and hamstring problems -- as well as a sub-.200 average
Good Player Starts
  • C Jesus Flores, WAS: Still has a couple weeks with the job until Paul Lo Duca and Johnny Estrada return from injury. Flores has hit safely in 10 of 14 games since starting. Owned in just 7 pct.
  • 1B Adam LaRoche, PIT: Has six home games and he's hitting .320 over past two weeks.
  • 2B Kelly Johnson, ATL: After slumping in recent weeks, he's batting around .340 in his past 40-plus at-bats.
  • SS Cristian Guzman, WAS: Getting a ton of extra-base hits and only Michael Young is scoring more lately among shortstops.
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD: Leads third basemen in homers in the past couple weeks, and he has five bombs in his past seven games. He also has seven home games ahead (only one of his homer runs this year have come on the road).
  • OF Shane Victorino, PHI: Six steals recently, along with a 10-game hitting streak.
Bad Player Starts
  • C J. R. Towles, HOU: Batting below .100 in May, with just four hits in 17 games.
  • 1B Mike Jacobs, FLA: He has four games against the Braves pitching, and he's batting under .230 over the past couple weeks.
  • 2B Felipe Lopez, WAS: No homers, no RBI and a sub-.200 batting average since May 15.
  • SS Stephen Drew, ARI: Streaky hitter this season, on the downswing now with six road games ahead.
  • 3B Edwin Encarnacion, CIN: Struggling at the plate and he has seven games away from Great American Ball park this week.
  • OF Kosuke Fukudome, CHC: Hitting under .240 in recent weeks, and the Cubs are at San Diego and Los Angeles this week. He's batting just .207 away from Wrigley
Posted on: May 23, 2008 10:16 am
Edited on: May 23, 2008 10:17 am

Week 9 Start 'em and Sit 'em

Good start teams
  • Tampa Bay: Seven home games (TEX3, CHW4)
  • Texas: Facing two top 10 staffs (@TB3, OAK3)
  • St. Louis: Six home games (HOU3, PIT3)
  • Chicago Cubs: Seven home games (LAD3, COL4)
  • N.Y. Mets: Seven home games (FLA3, LAD4)
Bad start teams
  • Chicago White Sox: Seven road games (@CLE 3, @TB4)
  • N.Y. Yankees: Six road games (@BAL, @MIN)
  • Toronto: Six road games (KC1, @OAK3, @LAA3)
  • Florida: Six road games (@NYM3, @PHI3)
  • Piittsburgh: Six road games (@CIN3, @STL)
  • Houston: Six road games (@STL3, @MIL3)
  • L.A. Dodgers: Seven road games (@CHC3, @NYM4)
  • Washington: Six road games (MIL1, @SD3, ARI3)
Good starts

  • C Dioner Navarro, TB -- Only Brian McCann (19 hits) is out-hitting him (14) over the past two weeks, and he has seven home games.
  • 1B Alex Gordon, KC: Batting over. 340 in the past half month, with six home games ahead (MIN/CLE).
  • 2B Akinori Iwamura, TB: Seven games at the Trop where he's batting over .300 this season.
  • SS Bobby Crosby, OAK: Hitting over .300 in his past 50 at-bats.
  • 3B Joe Crede, CHW: He's batting well again, and with six road games, he's still a decent start because he's hitting over .300 away from home.
  • OF Jose Guillen, KC: More RBI (19)over the past two weeks than Josh Hamilton, Lance Berkman and Alfonso Soriano.
Bad starts
  • C Ramon Hernandez, BAL: Just one RBI in past two weeks, and the O's face the Yankees and Red Sox.
  • 1B Ryan Garko, CLE: The arrival of Michael Aubrey is already costing Garko at-bats at first base.
  • 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE: Just not getting it done at the plate, batting .125 this month.
  • SS Orlando Cabrera, CHW: Flashing some power lately, but the ChiSox have seven road games against two top-5 pitching staffs at home.
  • 3B Scott Rolen, TOR: Lost his touch lately and the Jays are on the road for six.
  • OF Melky Cabrera, NYY: Batting below .200 in May, and he has six games away from Yankee Stadium.
Good starts

  • C Yadier Molina, STL: Batting .300 recently and he has six home games ahead.
  • 1B James Loney, LAD: The sweetest swing in baseball is batting around .350 in his past 40-plus at-bats.
  • 2B Kaz Matsui, HOU: His five steals in the past couple weeks are second at the position to just Ian Kinsler.
  • SS Khalil Greene, SD: The Padres' offense is starting to wake up and Greene's four homers lead the position over the past two weeks.
  • 3B Troy Glaus, STL: He's finding the open spots right now, with a .432 batting average in the past two weeks, and the Cardinals are home for six.
  • OF Randy Winn, SF: I picked him up in Tout Wars last week and he's paying off already. He's batting .340 with 12 runs scored since early May.
Bad starts
  • C Jesus Flores, WAS: Hitting well lately (.355 since May 8), but he has tough road matchups at Petco Park and Chase Field.
  • 1B Conor Jackson, ARI: The D-Backs were just swept by the Marlins, and Jackson is struggling to hit .200 in the month of May.
  • 2B Jeff Kent, LAD: Batting less than .150 in the month of May and the Dodgers are away for seven games.
  • SS Yunel Escobar, ATL: Starting to hit well again, but a collision on Tuesday messed his knee up -- he's a sketchy start for Week 9.
  • 3B Jorge Cantu, FLA: Just two homers so far this month, and Florida is away for six games.
  • OF Pat Burrell, PHI: Uh-oh, look who's streaking the other way again. Pat the Bat is hitting below .200 over the past couple weeks with just three RBI.
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:20 am
Edited on: May 16, 2008 10:21 am

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 8

Good Start Teams
  • San Diego - 7 home games, 3 vs. STL (23rd road ERA, 4 vs. CIN (29th road ERA)
  • N.Y. Yankees - 6 home games
  • Houston - 7 home games, 3 vs. CHC, 4 vs. PHI
  • L.A. Angels - 6 on road, but Halos hit well on road (.269, fourth in majors)
  • Minnesota - 7 games, 4 vs. TEX (4.65 road ERA), 3 at DET (5.16 ERA in May)

Bad Start Teams
  • Tampa Bay - 6 games, 3 at OAK (2.81 home ERA), 3 vs. BAL (9th road ERA)
  • St. Louis - 6 road games, at SD (top home ERA), at LAD (3.60 home ERA)
  • Texas - 7 road games, at MIN, at CLE (top ERA in majors)
  • Cincinnati - 7 road games, at LAD, at SD (top home ERA)
  • Baltimore - 6 road games, 3 at NYY (8th-best May ERA, 3.45), 3 at TB (2.82 home ERA)

Good Starts

  • C - John Buck, KC: Hitting over .300 in May, still hasn't flexed his power
  • 1B - Jason Giambi, NYY: Batting average is still rough, but power is there and he has six home games
  • 2B - Akinori Iwamura, TB: Despite rough upcoming schedule, he has 22 hits in May and 10 runs scored.
  • SS - Ramon Vazquez, TEX: Batting over .400 in May as Hank Blalock's replacement at 3B, use him in AL-only leagues
  • 3B - Scott Rolen, TOR: He's healthy, he's hitting, he should be starting in Fantasy.
  • OF - Melky Cabrera, NYY: 6 home games, one of Yankee leaders in HR and RBI at home

Bad Starts
  • C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia, TEX: Still not connecting at the plate, hitting .143 in May.
  • 1B - Eric Hinske, TB: No longer everyday player, struggling at plate in May
  • 2B - Brian Roberts, BAL: 6 road games, and he's batting .227 with just two RBI and one steal in May.
  • SS - Bobby Crosby, OAK: Six games this week are against TB and BOS pitching
  • 3B - Evan Longoria, TB: Hitting just .150 in May, with three games at OAK this week, and three at home vs. BAL (one RBI in five games)
  • OF - Adam Jones, BAL: Not doing enough in any category to help you this month, 6 road games (at NYY, at TB)

Good Starts

  • C - Chris Snyder, ARI: Batting .438 over past two weeks
  • 1B - Adam LaRoche, PIT: 11 RBI in past two weeks
  • 2B - Kaz Matsui, HOU: 7 home games, scoring over a run per game at Minute Maid Field
  • SS - Stephen Drew, ARI: The quietest D-Back this season broke out this month. He's batting .360 over the past couple weeks, and no SS has more RBI in the month (10).
  • 3B - Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD: Hitting over .300 in May and he has seven home games ahead.
  • OF - John Bowker, SF: Hitting .353 with one homer and five RBI in his past 5, and six games at COL and FLA this week (both bottom six home ERAs).
Bad Starts
  • C - Bengie Molina, SF: Just three RBI for month of May.
  • 1B - Joey Votto, CIN: Seven road games at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium.
  • 2B - Chin-lung Hu, LAD: Getting starts in place of Rafael Furcal, but he has just four hits in his past 27 at-bats.
  • SS - J.J. Hardy, MIL: Just two RBI for month of May -- and the Brewers are on the road for six.
  • 3B - Edwin Encarnacion, CIN: Streaky batter returns to streaky ways -- hitting under .200 in past two weeks.
  • OF - Chris Duncan, STL: Batting just .185 in May, bad hitting schedule this week.
Posted on: May 9, 2008 9:59 am
Edited on: May 14, 2008 10:46 am

Daily Dose 5/9/08, Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 7

Now that you're done with your blueberry bagel and big cup of coffee that was hot when you got it, but now it's kinda pee-temperature, here's what you need to know this morn:
  1. Fantasy hitter of the day? Dioner Navarro, C, TB: The 24-year-old Venezuelan backstop went 3-for-6 with a double and a game-winning grand slam against Toronto Thursday. Since returning on April 22 from a hand injury, only Geovany Soto (19) has more hits than Navarro (18) among catchers.
  2. Brandon Webb goes to 8-0 with a complete game win against the Phillies: This is the first NL pitcher to get to 8-0 since Pedro Martinez in 1997. The sinkerballer is on pace for 37 wins this season -- start him in NL-only leagues.Daniel Cabrera.
  3. Dave Richard has been funny 9 days in a row through Thursday: About a month ago, I posted a sign in my cube counting off how many days in a row the normally unfunny Dave Richard has been funny. (He's normally the guy that adds a joke to the conversation only to have the rest of the group then quietly change the subject.) If he's funny today, that will be 10 days straight, which means the sign comes down. It's a monumental day in the department -- we're all rooting for him. For the record, he got to the ninth consecutive funny day yesterday when Emack asked, "What should I go eat for lunch?" And Richard replied, "Rat poison."
  4. Clinton Portis is dealing with a strained hip: Reports are that the injury might have happened after he raced LaRon Landry in a 40-yard sprint. Someday, when we have video capabilities in our blog, I'll post video of a drunken Emack doing a 40-yard sprint down the hallway of a Jacksonville hotel. He pulled his hamstring -- it was awesome.
  5. Scotty Blanco once spent $70 to buy bootleg copies of the entire "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series: Seriously. He told us yesterday when we were talking TV. He was quite proud of his purchase.
  6. Pop goes Neshek's elbow: For those hoping for some vulture saves at some point, needing Joe Nathan to get his toe stuck in the bathtub, Pat Neshek came down with a bad case of "Did you guys hear that noise?" after throwing a slider to Joe Crede. He'll be examined by the Twins' orthopedist Friday, but I've seen his teeth and he doesn't need braces.
  7. NHL Eastern Conference Finals begin tonight, PIT vs PHI: Is ANYONE rooting for the Flyers outside of inmates and people with bad decision-making abilities?
  8. Lance Berkman in quite a zone: Over the past seven days, Berkman is batting .667 with three homers, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and two stolen bases. Fat Elvis already has six stolen bases -- just three away from his career-high! Manager Cecil Cooper officially likes his team to run. Only Kevin Youkilis is outhitting Berkman over this span.
  9. LeBron James ready to head home: Like Eisenberg just said, "Not only does LeBron tip under 20 percent, he also shoots under 20 percent." The Cavs head to Cleveland down 0-2 with few answers against Boston.
  10. Daniel Cabrera finally finds umpire with a strike zone that measures 18-square feet: The mountainous Dominican threw a complete game against the Royals Thursday, two starts after walking seven batters. This time he walked only one -- and struck out seven.

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 7

Good Start Teams
  • St. Louis -- seven games, three vs. PIT, three at home
  • Atlanta -- seven games, three at Citizens Bank Park
  • Florida -- at Great American Ball Park for four, three at home vs. KC
  • Seattle -- three at Texas, three home vs. SD
  • Cincinnati -- Seven home games
Bad Start Teams
  • Baltimore -- Just five games
  • Washington -- Seven all on road, three at Shea
  • Milwaukee -- Facing STL/LAD/BOS pitchers
  • Colorado -- Just six games, three at ARI
  • Toronto -- Seven road games, Jays rank 26th in RPG on road
  • Oakland -- Six road games, at CLE and at ATL
Good starts
  • C - Mike Napoli, LAA: Slugging away with four homers in past eight hits.
  • 1B - Kevin Youkilis, BOS: Power surge lately, faces O's/Brewers this week.
  • 2B - Placido Polanco, DET: His 23 hits in the past two weeks leads the majors -- and he even has a pair of homers in that span.
  • SS - Erick Aybar, LAA: Seven RBI in past couple weeks rank him third at the position.
  • 3B - Scott Rolen, TOR: Seven road games are tough, but three are at Philly -- his former stomping grounds.
  • OF - David DeJesus, KC: His 12 RBI since April 25 are among top 10 at the position.
Bad Starts
  • C - Jeff Mathis, LAA: Getting more at-bats than Napoli recently, but not producing as much -- and he's getting over the flu.
  • 1B - Casey Kotchman, LAA: Dealing with a groin injury, check his status. Hasn't homered in 12 games.
  • 2B - Nick Punto, MIN: Had a great week, but he's the Twins' ninth hitter and he's dealing with a bad hammy.
  • SS - Edgar Renteria, DET: Other Tigers are finally coming through, but he's batting just .160 over past two weeks.
  • 3B - Casey Blake, CLE: Back to struggling ways once again, hitting under .150 over past 36 at-bats.
  • OF - Nick Swisher, CHW: Struggling at the plate and he's hitting under .200 against three of his upcoming pitchers over his career.
Good starts
  • C - Chris Iannetta, COL: Only three catchers outperforming him over past two weeks (Soto, Martin, Mauer).
  • 1B - Joey Votto, CIN: Three homers in one game -- inconsistent rookie can produce in stints.
  • 2B - Kaz Matsui, HOU: Along with Michael Bourn, giving Astros a great pair of table-setters with super speed.
  • SS - Felipe Lopez, WAS: Still hitting well and seven total games this week.
  • 3B - Jose Bautista, PIT: Only two other 3B have outproduced him lately, he has nine RBI in past 40 at-bats.
  • OF - Scott Podsednik, COL: Starting to see more starts for the Rockies, still has good speed (six SBs).
Bad starts
  • C - Jason Kendall, MIL: Back to his slap-hitting, low batting-average ways.
  • 1B - Mike Jacobs, FLA: A strained quadriceps could cost the slugger in Week 7.
  • 2B - Clint Barmes, COL: Six games this week, three at Arizona.
  • SS - Eric Bruntlett, PHI: He's playing well in Jimmy Rollins' place, but should be back on the bench next week.
  • 3B - Bill Hall, MIL: Just three hits so far this month.
  • OF - Reed Johnson, CHC: Batting under .200 over past 40 at-bats for Cubs.
NOTE: It's 4:48pm and Dave Richard has still NOT been funny. Tick-tock, tick-tock!!! --- UH-OH!!!
Posted on: May 1, 2008 3:34 pm

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 6

Good start teams
  • Seattle -- 7 home games, 3 vs. TEX w/ 2nd-worst road ERA in majors
  • Arizona -- 4 home, three at Wrigley
  • L.A. Angels -- six road games, but most runs on road
  • St. Louis -- 7 road, but four at COL w/ 2nd-worst home ERA
  • Kansas City -- 7 home games
  • Atlanta -- 3 home vs. SD (2nd-worst road ERA in NL), 3 at PIT (2nd-worst total ERA in majors)
Bad start teams
  • Chicago Cubs -- Only six games, 3 vs. ARI  w/ top staff in NL, and top road ERA in majors
  • Colorado -- 4 vs. STL (3rd-best ERA in majors), 3 at SD (4th-best
  • Texas -- 4 @SEA, 3 vs. OAK
  • Toronto -- 7 games vs. Top 13 staff ERAs
  • Philadelphia -- 7 road games, @ARI, @SF (3.99 home ERA combined)
  • Pittsburgh -- 6 home games, but against SF and ATL
San Diego pitching splits home/away
Arizona pitching splits home/away

 American League
Good starts

  • C -- Ramon Hernandez, BAL:  Finally coming around, 14 RBI third-most among catchers.
  • 1B -- Ross Gload, KC: With seven home games and Gload hitting .314 at home this season, he's worth a look in AL-only formats. He's also hitting over .500 against three of his upcoming opposing pitchers.
  • 2B -- Jose Lopez, SEA: Leads team in base hits on the season, and he's batting .370 over the past week.
  • SS -- Michael Young, TEX: Has a 14-game hitting streak and he's hitting above .333 against four of his upcoming matchups.
  • 3B -- Scott Rolen, TOR: Granted, the Jays have seven on the road, but Rolen has four doubles in his past six hits.
  • OF -- Wladimir Balentien, SEA: Homers in debut on Wednesday, expected to play RF regularly. Seattle has seven home games, too.
Bad starts
  • C -- Jose Molina, NYY: In place of Jorge Posada, he hasn't gotten a hit in his past 18 at-bats.
  • 1B -- Billy Butler, KC: Has 1B-eligibility now, but over past two weeks, he's hitting just .227 with four RBI and three runs scored.
  • 2B -- B.J. Upton, TB: Suffered left shoulder swing Thursday, which is the same injury that kept him out of five games last season, forcing him to consider surgery.
  • SS -- Bobby Crosby, OAK: Hitting under .100 in past seven days and he's hitless against three upcoming starting pitchers.
  • 3B -- Morgan Ensberg, NYY: Starting in place of A-Rod doesn't make him a solid starter, plus the pending return of Wilson Betemit (eye) could cost him at-bats.
  • OF -- Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: With a strained groin, Ellsbury's speed could be negated even if he doesn't play next week.
 National League
Good starts

  • C -- Paul Bako, CIN: Just had 7-game hit streak snapped.
  • 1B -- Joey Votto, CIN: Only two 1B have more homers than J.V.'s three in past two weeks. He's also fifth in runs scored among catchers in that span.
  • 2B -- Felipe Lopez, WAS: Only two other second basemen have more RBI over the past week than Lopez's nine.
  • SS -- Khalil Greene, SD: Emack's Peek of the Week! No real stat basis on this whatsoever.
  • 3B -- Troy Glaus, STL: Rolen's trade counterpart has more RBI over past week than all but two other third basemen.
  • OF -- Mike Cameron, MIL: He's back from his suspension and already has three hits in first two games back. He's hitting second in a stacked lineup.
Bad starts
  • C -- J.R. Towles, HOU: Just three RBI and hitting below .200 in past two weeks.
  • 1B -- Adam LaRoche, PIT: Just two RBI in past half month, with 14 strikeouts, and the Bucs face the Braves and Giants.
  • 2B -- Rickie Weeks, MIL: Batting just over .200 over the past two weeks and for the season.
  • SS -- Troy Tulowitzki, COL: The answer is -- Yorvit Torrealba, Clint Barmes, Willy Tavares. The question: Name three bad Rockies hitters that have more hits than Tulo so far this season? He's batting less than .100 over the past week.
  • 3B -- Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD: Just one RBI in his past 60 at-bats.
  • OF -- Josh Willingham, FLA: Dealing with chronic back issues.
Posted on: April 24, 2008 3:12 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2008 3:31 pm

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 5

Good start teams
  • DET - @NYY3, @MIN3
  • FLA - 6 home games, top10 RPG @home
  • ARI - 6 home games, 2nd RPG in majors
  • LAA - 7 home games, 5th RPG
  • NYY - 7 G, 6 home games,
  • BOS - 6 home games, 3rd RPG at home
Bad start teams
  • LAD - Six road games, only 3.2 RPG away
  • PIT - Seven road games, 3@NYM
  • HOU - Six games, 3@ARI, 3MIL
  • SD - @PHI3, @FLA3
  • COL - @SF3, LAD3
  • MIN - Five games total
  • ATL - Five games total
  • BAL - Four road games, 3@home vs. TB
  • CIN - Six on road vs. Top 10 ERAs
Good start players
American League
  • C Jeff Mathis - LAA: Stealing playing time, 7-game hit streak.
  • 1B Eric Hinske - TB: Continues to find playing time, batting over .300 past week.
  • 2B Dustin Pedroia - BOS: Leads AL in hitting almost one month in.
  • SS Erick Aybar - LAA: At home seven times this week, batting .455 in past 22 at-bats.
  • 3B Casey Blake - CLE: Slump is behind him, batting .421 with 10 RBI in past week.
  • OF Jacoby Ellsbury - BOS: Six steals over past seven days, six upcoming home games.
National League
  • C Chris Snyder - ARI: More RBI in past week than any other catcher.
  • 1B Joey Votto - CIN: Despite six upcoming road games, he's tied for HR lead for 1B in past week (3).
  • 2B Ronny Cedeno - CHC: 10 RBI over past week second only to Chase Utley at 2B.
  • SS Clint Barmes - COL: Getting starts at 2B and SS, with hits in 9 of past 10 games.
  • 3B Jorge Cantu - FLA: Batting over .400 recently, Marlins get six home games.
  • OF Aaron Rowand - SF: Giants' best hitter acting like it -- .458 in past week.

Bad start players
American League
  • C Kenji Johjima - SEA: Slumping again, plus six road games (he's hitting .059 on road).
  • 1B Nick Swisher - CHW: Just one RBI in past 12 games.
  • 2B Aaron Hill - TOR: Streaking once again (this time a bad streak), with just one RBI in past week.
  • SS Yuniesky Betancourt - SEA: Hitting just .200 over past week.
  • 3B Brandon Inge - DET: Detroit might be coming around, but he's not -- hitting .111 in past seven days.
  • OF Jose Guillen - KC: Lowest-scoring team in majors has six road games ahead and he's hitting under .200 recently.

National League
  • C Josh Bard - SD: Batting well below .200 over past week.
  • 1B Carlos Delgado - NYM: Struggling at plate, just four hits in past 28 at-bats (.143).
  • 2B Tadahito Iguchi - SD: Hitting under .100 over past week, six road games ahead.
  • SS Yunel Escobar - ATL: No RBI in past week, only five games this week.
  • 3B Nomar Garciaparra - LAD: Hitting just .150 over past week.
  • OF Bill Hall - MIL: Only three hits in the past week, fewer than seven other Brewers.

Best pitching teams
  1. ARI
  2. OAK
  3. NYM
  4. ATL
  5. MIN
  6. STL
  7. LAD
Worst pitching teams
  1. PIT
  2. TEX
  3. DET
  4. BOS
  5. WAS
  6. NYY
  7. HOU
Posted on: April 17, 2008 4:12 pm

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 4

This is my prep work for Friday's video shoot.

 American League

  • C - Kenji Johjima, SEA: After shaking his slump, he is batting .450 in past seven days.
  • 1B - Casey Kotchman, LAA: The Angels are on the road for six, but Kotchman is batting .458 with 10 RBI in his past 24 at-bats.
  • 2B - Dustin Pedroia, BOS: He's batting .400 over his past 30 at-bats. The Red Sox have four home games and three at Tampa Bay.
  • SS - David Eckstein, TOR: That's right, the Jays' leadoff hitter is hitting well and he has seven games in Week 4.
  • 3B - Chone Figgins, LAA: Six games against Boston and Detroit, whose staffs happen to have two of the three highest ERAs in the AL.
  • OF - Raul Ibanez, SEA: In his past six games, he's batting .423 with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and seven runs scored.
 National League
  • C - Yadier Molina, STL: He's getting on-base regularly, and he is batting over .300 lifetime against four of the seven upcoming pitchers.
  • 1B - Mike Jacobs, FLA: He leads the NL in homers, has seven games on the slate, and is hitting .476 over the past week.
  • 2B - Mike Fontenot, CHC: With Alfonso Soriano (calf) on the DL, Fontenot should see more starts at second base, with Mark DeRosa playing more left field.
  • SS - Rafael Furcal, LAD: Batting .440 over his past 25 at-bats, with two doubles, a triple and two homers.
  • 3B - Jorge Cantu, FLA: Only two other Marlins have more hits than Cantu this season, and he has five RBI over the past week of play.
  • OF - Matt Diaz, ATL: He's hitting .300 recently, and the Braves get to face the Marlins and Nationals at Turner Field this week.
 American League

  • C - Ramon Hernandez, BAL: He's hitting below .200 over the past week, unworthy of No. 1 catcher status.
  • 1B - Carlos Pena, TB: The Rays have just six games this week against two tough staffs (TOR, BOS). Pena hit just .241 (27-for-112) against them last season. He's hitting below .200 against both Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett in his career also.
  • 2B - Placido Polanco, DET: He's just not getting on base like he did last season, and he already has four strikeouts in 52 at-bats (compared to just 30 Ks in 587 at-bats in '07).
  • SS - Jhonny Peralta, CLE: Batting just .150 with two RBI over the past week.
  • 3B - Casey Blake, CLE: Blake joins Peralta on this list because of a 1-for-15 slump.
  • OF - Garret Anderson, LAA: He's hitting under .200 with just two RBI in his past 27 at-bats.

 National League
  • C - Bengie Molina, SF: His upcoming pitching matchups are tough; he's hitting under .250 against four of those seven starting pitchers.
  • 1B - Carlos Delgado, NYM: He's batting under .100 with no homers in the past seven days.
  • 2B - Ray Durham, SF: Were you starting him anyway? He's batting under .200 recently and Eugenio Velez is starting to get the bulk of starts here.
  • SS - Khalil Greene, SD: The Padres have three games against Arizona's top-ranked pitching staff this week, and Greene has yet to homer on the season.
  • 3B - Troy Glaus, STL: He's just not producing much so far, and he's hitting .200 over his past 20 at-bats.
  • OF - Bill Hall, MIL: He's hitting below .225 against four of his upcoming opponent's starting pitchers.
Posted on: April 10, 2008 5:16 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2008 4:13 pm

Start 'em and Sit 'em: Week 3

I just got done sending over my recommended starts and sits to Aaron Weisberg, our video producer, so he can create the graphics that go along with mine and Amber's shoot tomorrow. I thought I'd give you fine folks a peek ahead at some good and bad hitters entering Week 3:

GOOD STARTS -- <o:p></o:p>Yankees, Braves, Athletics, Orioles<o:p></o:p>

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  • C Kurt Suzuki -- Oakland has seven games this week and THIS Suzuki has been red hot.
  • 1B Aubrey Huff -- The O's have seven home games, and Huff already has 11 RBI in two weeks.
  • 2B Dustin Pedroia -- Against upcoming pitchers, D-Ped has hit .333 (Westbrook), .667 (Byrd), .400 (Wang) and .375 (Mussina) in his short career.
  • SS Bobby Crosby -- Less than 10 SS have more H2H points than Crosby right now.
  • 3B Hank Blalock
  • OF Hideki Matsui<o:p> </o:p>

National League:

  • C Jason Kendall -- Despite batting ninth for the Brewers, he's tearing it up with four multi-hit games in his past six. <o:p></o:p>
  • 1B Todd Helton<o:p></o:p>
  • 2B Yunel Escobar<o:p></o:p>
  • SS Stephen Drew -- Despite tough pitching opponents coming up, Drew has six hits and four runs scored in the past four games. <o:p></o:p>
  • 3B Mark Reynolds -- Wednesday was the first time in six outings that he didn't have two basehits.His 5 HR and 11 RBI are among the leaders.<o:p></o:p>
  • OF Austin Kearns<o:p></o:p>

BAD STARTS -- The entire NL West minus the Dodgers

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  • C Ramon Hernandez -- Has hit safely in just one game so far this season.<o:p></o:p>
  • 1B Paul Konerko<o:p></o:p>
  • 2B Juan Uribe<o:p></o:p>
  • SS Asdrubal Cabrera<o:p></o:p>
  • 3B Mike Lowell -- Even without his jammed thumb that he suffered Wednesday, he still has yet to knock in one run.<o:p></o:p>
  • OF J.D. Drew -- Hitting .200 or below in his career against Westbrook, Byrd, Wang and Mussina.<o:p></o:p>

National League<o:p></o:p>

  • C Yorvit Torrealba<o:p></o:p>
  • 1B Adam LaRoche<o:p></o:p>
  • 2B Jeff Kent<o:p></o:p>
  • SS Khalil Greene<o:p></o:p>
  • 3B Edwin Encarnacion -- He's 1-for-18 since he hit a walk-off homer on April 2.<o:p></o:p>
  • OF Eric Byrnes -- Probably the most controversial name on this list. He has been hitting very well, but his upcoming opposing pitchers own him (he's hitting .067 lifetime vs. Zito and .158 against Chris R. Young). Three games in San Francisco, and three games against San Diego's pitching makes me rethink putting him in a 3-OF lineup for H2H play this week.
This just in -- A reader wrote in to Michael Hurcomb to ask him why he didn't win any awards for his role of McLovin. Sergio and I saw Superbad last year and immediately came back to tell Hurc that was his new nickname. Glad to see our readers agree with us!
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